Sam Shepard Will Join Norbert Leo Butz in New Netflix Series from "Damages" Creators

By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
20 Mar 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, who was seen in the film adaptation of August: Osage County, has been cast in Netflix's untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV, according to Deadline.com. 



Written and executive-produced by "Damages" creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the 13-episode series also features two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can), Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek.

The project centers on a close-knit family whose secrets are revealed when their estranged, eldest son returns home.

Butz will portray the youngest son, who considers himself the unofficial mayor of the family's small hometown, and Shepard will play the patriarch of the family. 

Shepard won the 1979 Pulitzer for Buried Child, and his works also include Operation Sidewinder and True West.